Q&A: Stevie® Awards Insights & Tips from Judge Mahmoud Mansi

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Thu, Apr 28, 2022 @ 11:23 AM

Mahmoud Mansi is the Founder of HR Revolution Middle East Magazine – the media partner for the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards. As a professional, Mahmoud has worked in management consulting, auditing, education, training and development, project management, community development and sustainability, arts and culture, event management, business journalism, and media management.

Mahmoud is a global public speaker. He has traveled and spoken at conferences in Nigeria, Sudan, India, Saudi Arabia, Italy, Spain, United Kingdom, United Arab Emirates, and Egypt. He has spoken eight times at TEDx, in addition to speaking at global human resources conferences such as SHRM TECH, ATD Middle East & HRSE.

He is the author of “Sustaining a 360° Agile Workplace: A Millennial Perspective” in addition to eight other books in entrepreneurship, social sciences, literature, gender, and culture dialogue.

As an activist, Mahmoud Mansi has won several awards such as the “Sea of Words Literary Award 2010” from the Anna Lindh Foundation in Spain, the “Culture Shift Award 2013” from Egypt’s British Council, and the “Brand Ambassador Award 2018” from His Excellency Dr. Rashid Al Leem, Alleem Knowledge Center in UAE.

Mahmoud 1Besides participating as a Stevie Awards judge, Mahmoud Mansi has been acting as a brand ambassador to encourage more organizations and professionals to join the Stevie Awards either as nominees or jury members. He has published more than 30 articles in HR Revolution Middle East Magazine, in addition to being featured in Dostor Newspaper in Egypt, received an honorable mention at the university he works at; The Arab Academy, for Science, Technology and Maritime Transport, and was interviewed on Egypt’s National T.V. speaking about the award, judging process and sharing case studies from award-winning entries.

Connect with Mahmoud Mansi on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/mahmoud-mansi-hr-philosopher-014b0a121/?originalSubdomain=ae

The Stevie Awards asked Mahmoud a few questions about his judging experience:

The Stevie Awards: Mahmoud, as someone who has various experiences in judging, what makes The Stevie® Awards distinctive?

Mahmoud Mansi: I believe the Stevie® Awards is simply a pioneer for various reasons and I am enthusiastic to share in-depth details.

1-Geographic & Demographic Outreach: The Stevie® Awards embraces, promotes, and welcomes diversity, business innovation, and excellence with a wide range of geographic and demographic outreach through its various awards: Middle East & North Africa Stevie® Awards, Asia-Pacific Stevie® Awards, German Stevie® Awards, The American Business Awards®, International Business Awards®, Stevie® Awards for Great Employers, Stevie® Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and Stevie® Awards for Women in Business.

2-Diversity in Categories: The Stevie® Awards has a group of specialized categories for corporate, NGOs, governments, start-ups, and individuals, which encourages all different market segments to apply in what they think is their competitive advantage from products and projects to best practices in management. Also, the categories are annually updated according to new trends and market development.

3-Easy Entry Access: Interested individuals fill out the “Request an Entry Kit” form from the website, and will receive an email which contains all details regarding the categories, eligibility, and entry process. Also, unlike most trending awards, there is no entry fee to the Middle East & North Africa Stevie® Awards which encourages the business community in all its sectors to participate.

4-Great Customer Support & Guidance: There is a Stevie® Awards professional team dedicated to guiding nominees towards applying in the category that best suits their points of strength and this team provides support throughout the process if needed.

5-Accurate Judging Process: Nominees should feel secure as they are in good hands. The Stevie® Awards assure that the jury members are experts and professionals in their industry, in addition to having the judging process monitored and audited to assure quality and resilience. Another important point is that nominees can attach extra files to their main submission to emphasize on their application with further evidence and supporting documents.

The Stevie Awards: You have been judging the Stevie® Awards for three years now in a row, why do you find interesting in the experience?

Mahmoud Mansi: With each round, I feel enthusiasm and passion for discovering something new. I am always curious about the evolution of humanity and it is well reflected in innovation contests and awards. It is like reading the news to know what’s new in the business, only that these news updates are explicit to the Stevie® Awards Jury. Although each judge can review a minimum of 20 entries I always enjoy challenging myself to go the extra mile. I am looking forward to participating as a jury member in the upcoming years and discovering what further the evolution of humanity would bring to us.

The Stevie Awards: Why is it important for organizations to apply for business awards?

Mahmoud Mansi: Innovative organizations deserve to be well-recognized. It is the right of its customers and employees to know that their provider or their employer is unique in the market. However, contests and awards provide other advantages besides recognition and branding, such as healthy competition, benchmarking, promoting innovation and teamwork within the organization, and receiving constructive feedback from the judges who are experts in the industry in order to develop further.

The Stevie Awards: Can you share with us some tips for those who want to enter the Stevie Awards?

Mahmoud Mansi: I believe organizations and individuals need to consider several points as they apply for the Stevie® Awards. As a judge, I have noticed that sometimes there is a gap between innovative ideas and well-written proposals. Some entries are exceptionally innovative but are not well written and well presented, and other entries might have less innovative ideas however they are well organized and neat. As jury members, we focus on both. Indeed the Stevie® Awards promote innovation, yet as professionals and experts, we need to witness how this innovation has turned into a tangible outcome.

Here are some points that have to be considered when preparing for the award: innovative initiative, clear business case and objectives, impact on community and stakeholders, teamwork and engagement throughout the project implementation, change management, proposal writing style, project timeline, and efficiency, the return on investments, and the journey itself preferably documented with testimonials, pictures, and videos. Another important angle to consider throughout the proposal is the usage and reliability of data analytics tools including statistics, illustrations, and ratios in revealing results, in addition to having the proposal reviewed and edited by all relevant project leaders and stakeholders before submitting the final version to the Stevie Awards.

The Stevie Awards: What are the benefits of being a judge, and how do you apply to become one?

Mahmoud Mansi: Being selected or nominated to become a jury committee member is an honorable and distinctive position. It does not only reflect one’s expertise in a certain profession, but it also reflects that this person has high ethical standards and is well-recognized and trusted among his/her community.

Here are some benefits of being a judge at the Stevie® Awards:-

  • Self-Development & Awareness; learning about best practices in the industry and learning the new market trends and direction.
  • Recognition; during the judging process, the jury members get recognized on the Stevie® Awards website and by receiving a hardcopy judge certificate.
  • Profile; judging is a unique experience and it is added to one’s professional profile as an achievement.
  • Award Ceremony; all jury members are welcomed to attend the award ceremony, enjoy a spectacular night, socialize with award winners and other judges, and see the outcome of their work.
  • Win the Judges’ Lottery! $500 is randomly offered to two judges, from all those who score 30+ entries, plus two additional prizes of $1,000 to two judges, from all those who rate at least 60 nominations. The prizes change from year to year and between Stevie Awards competitions.
  • Receiving invitations for future judging opportunities.

For those who are having plans to judge at the Stevie® Awards, the following link has the details: https://stevieawards.com/you-be-judge , and make sure your LinkedIn profile is updated and it reflects your experience and competitive edge. Writing and publishing some articles on your profile is recommended.

The Stevie Awards: How can you develop yourself in order to remain a competent judge?

Mahmoud Mansi: I always try to become a competent judge by keeping pace with the new market trends and best practices by continuously working on consulting projects, reading books from iconic figures in the industry, watching TED Talks, getting enrolled in certification programs and workshops, attending conferences, in addition to reading opinion articles in blogs, interviews with industry leaders and academic papers. Besides working on developing my knowledge and experience, a judge is also an auditor, project manager, and business coach.

The Stevie Awards: What would you like to say to those who are not shortlisted or selected as award winners?

Mahmoud Mansi: Every organization that seeks development and works towards providing better services and quality products to its customers and smarter management systems to its employees, with a sustainable and environmentally friendly approach, is indeed a winner in the eyes of all its stakeholders. the Stevie® Awards will either grant an organization the chance to be recognized or provide tips that support the organization to further develop, and these are actually two different types of awards; recognition and development!

Another point to keep in mind is that many organizations can win the award title “today”, but true winners are the agile organizations that are able to sustain their initiatives and assure that they remain impactful on the business, employees, customers and the community.

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Grand Stevie® Award Winners Announced in the 2022 Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards

Posted by May Hassan on Mon, Apr 18, 2022 @ 01:00 AM

The Stevie® Awards have announced the Grand Stevie Award winners in the third annual Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards. Grand Stevie winners will be presented their awards at a gala banquet at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Hotel in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, 21 May.

The Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, sponsored by the Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is an international business awards competition open to all organizations in 17 nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The focus of the awards is recognizing innovation in all its forms.

Grand winners announced

This year more than 700 nominations were considered in the judging process by more than 100 professionals, whose average ratings determined the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners announced earlier in March. For a complete list of the 2022 Stevie Award winners, visit https://MENA.StevieAwards.com.

In addition to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards, the top winner overall (total number of points conferred by total gold, silver, and bronze Stevie wins) and the highest-scoring nominations are awarded the Grand Stevie Awards, which cannot be applied for directly.

The two Grand Stevie Award winners are:

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR: VakifBank, Istanbul, Turkey: VakifBank earned 34.5 award points for the bank’s innovative achievements in remote customer service, human resources, annual reports, videos, social media, and more. The organization won nine Gold and five Bronze Stevie Awards in the 2022 competition.

HIGHEST-RATED NOMINATION OF THE YEAR: “The HOPE Consortium World Immunisation & Logistics Summit 21” event, in a nomination submitted by the HOPE Consortium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, received the highest average score from Stevie Awards judges (9.4 out of 10) in this year’s competition. The nomination won the Gold Stevie for Innovation in Government Events. The HOPE Consortium is one of the largest and most integrated logistical efforts of its kind to deliver hope and vital vaccines to the global community, formed by a collective of industry-leading local partners.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2022 Grand Stevie Award winners. VakifBank and HOPE Consortium have shown their commitment to innovation and to making the world a better place,” said Maggie Miller, President of the Stevie Awards.

Complete information about the 21 May awards banquet in Ras Al Khaimah is available at https://stevieawards.com/mena/tickets

If you, as a representative of the press, are interested in participating in the award ceremony of the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards on 21 May in Ras al Khaimah, UAE, please contact us at help+MENA@stevieawards.com.

The fourth edition of the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards will open for entries in September 2022.

For more information about Stevie Awards other programs; please visit www.StevieAwards.com

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Winners in the 2022 Middle East & North Africa Stevie® Awards Announced

Posted by May Hassan on Thu, Mar 24, 2022 @ 01:00 AM

Winners in the third annual Middle East & North Africa Stevie® Awards, the only awards program to recognize innovation in the workplace throughout 17 nations in the Middle East and North Africa, were announced today.  The awards are sponsored by RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry. The list of Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners is available at http://MENA.StevieAwards.com.

The 2022 Middle East Stevie & North Africa Awards have recognized organizations in 10 nations including Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and United Arab Emirates. More than 700 Nominations in Arabic and English were evaluated in this year’s competition and winners were determined by the average scores of more than 100 professionals worldwide, acting as judges in more than 150 categories recognizing achievements, apps, companies, public relations, COVID-19 response, customer service, human resources, live and virtual events, management, social media, technology, and more.

See the Full List of 2022 Stevie Winners

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Winners of multiple Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards include Abu Dhabi Residents Office (ADRO), United Arab Emirates; Emirates Health Services, Dubai, United Arab Emirates; Farah Experiences, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Juffali Automotive Company, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia; Maqta Gateway® LLC, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates; Ministry of Energy & Infrastructure, Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Ooredoo, several nations; Passion Point LLC, Cairo, Egypt; Sodexo, Istanbul, Turkey; The Cabinet, Information and Decision Support Center (IDSC), Cairo, Egypt; and The General Administration of Customs, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, among others.

Stevie winners will be presented with their awards at a gala banquet at the Waldorf Astoria Ras Al Khaimah Hotel in the United Arab Emirates on Saturday, 21 May. Tickets for the event are now on sale.

“We are delighted to recognize the achievements of such a diverse group of organizations across the MENA region in the 2022 edition of the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards,” said Stevie Awards president Maggie Miller. “We look forward to celebrating Stevie winners during our gala event on 21 May at the gala in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates.”

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Entry Deadline Extension Announced for The Middle East & North Africa Stevie ® Awards

Posted by May Hassan on Thu, Jan 27, 2022 @ 10:12 AM

By popular demand, the Stevie Awards have announced a general entry deadline extension for the third annual Middle East & North Africa Stevie ® Awards, sponsored by RAK Chamber, UAE. Entries will now be accepted through February 17. 

The Middle East Stevie & North Africa Awards are the region’s only awards to recognize innovation in all its forms through the workplace. The awards are open to all organizations in 17 nations of the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen.

Interested in submitting nominations before the extended final entry deadline?

Request the Entry Kit

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All individuals and organizations - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - may submit any number of nominations to any number of the categories.

There are no entry fees in this awards program. Organizations may submit as many nominations as they would like, without cost. Instead, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners can choose to pay a “winners fee” for each successful nomination.

Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards in the competition will be announced on March 24, 2022 and celebrated during a gala event in Ras Al Khaimah at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Friday, May 20.

The competition features two new category groups for 2022. The Video Awards categories recognize innovation in video productions including design, format, production, distribution, and/or interactivity. The Social Media Awards categories recognize innovation in social media content creation, moderation, management, and marketing. Virtual events have been newly added to the Events Categories.

Nominations citing innovative achievements will be accepted and judged in both Arabic and English, in more than 100 categories across the following category groups:

 

Winners of the 2021 edition of the awards included Al Anwar Medical Hospital, Boehringer Ingelheim, DHL Worldwide Express LLC, Dubai Global Village, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Media Incorporated, Etihad Aviation Group, General Directorate for Traffic - Bahrain, Gulf Marketing Group (GMG), Intisar Foundation, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure - Dubai, Ooredoo Kuwait, RAK Transport Authority, Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), Stella Stays, VakifBank and many more.

 

The 2022 competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world. Those who wish to apply to participate on one of the juries may do so at https://mena.stevieawards.com/sa-judge/register.

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Call for Entries Issued for the 2022 Middle East & North Africa Stevie® Awards

Posted by May Hassan on Wed, Oct 27, 2021 @ 03:04 PM

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards programs, has issued a call for entries for the 2022 (third annual) Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, sponsored by the RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Entry kits and complete details on the competition are available at http://MENA.StevieAwards.com.

The Middle East Stevie & North Africa Awards are the region’s only awards to recognize innovation in all its forms through the workplace. The awards are open to all organizations in 17 nations in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

MENA22 entries now open

All individuals and organizations - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - may submit any number of nominations to any number of the categories.

There are no entry fees in this awards program. Organizations may submit as many nominations as they would like, without cost. Instead, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will pay a “winners fee” for each successful nomination.

Nominations may be submitted online through two entry deadlines: November 4, 2021, and January 26, 2022. Winners’ fees payable will be lower for nominations submitted through the first deadline.

Interested in entering the 2022 Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards? 

Request the Entry Kit

Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards in the competition will be announced on March 24, 2022, and celebrated during a gala event in Ras Al Khaimah at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on May 20.

The competition features two new category groups for 2022. The Video Awards categories will recognize innovation in video productions including design, format, production, distribution, and/or interactivity. The Social Media Awards categories will recognize innovation in social media content creation, moderation, management, and marketing. Virtual events have been newly added to the Events Categories.

Nominations citing innovative achievements will be accepted and judged in both Arabic and English, in more than 100 categories across the following category groups:

Winners of the 2021 edition of the awards included Al Anwar Medical Hospital, Boehringer Ingelheim, DHL Worldwide Express LLC, Dubai Global Village, Dubai Health Authority, Dubai Media Incorporated, Etihad Aviation Group, General Directorate for Traffic - Bahrain, Gulf Marketing Group (GMG), Intisar Foundation, Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure - Dubai, Ooredoo Kuwait, RAK Transport Authority, Saudi Industrial Development Fund (SIDF), Stella Stays, VakifBank and many more.

 

The 2022 competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world. Those who wish to apply to participate on one of the juries may do so at https://mena.stevieawards.com/sa-judge/register.

 

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Grand Stevie® Award Winners Announced in the 2021 Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Apr 12, 2021 @ 12:32 PM
  • DP DHL and UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention win top Stevie Awards
  • Grand Stevie winners to be honored at a virtual award ceremony on 2 June

The Stevie® Awards have announced the Grand Stevie Award winners in the second annual Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards. The winners will be honored during a virtual award ceremony on 2 June.

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The Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, sponsored by the Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is an international business awards competition open to all organizations in 17 nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The focus of the awards is recognizing innovation in all its forms.

This year more than 400 nominations were considered in the judging process by more than 70 professionals, whose average ratings determined the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners announced last month. For a complete list of the 2021 Stevie Award winners, visit https://MENA.StevieAwards.com.

In addition to the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards, the top winner overall (total number of points conferred by total Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie wins) and the highest-scoring nominations are awarded the Grand Stevie Awards.

The two Grand Stevie Award winners are:

ORGANIZATION OF THE YEAR: DP DHL: which earned 26.5 award points for the achievements of their affiliates in Jordan, Lebanon, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates. The Germany-headquartered global logistics and transportation company is no stranger to the top honor in Stevie Awards competitions, having won numerous Organization of the Year honors in the German Stevie Awards, the Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service, and other Stevie Awards programs.

HIGHEST-RATED NOMINATION OF THE YEAR: The “Stroke Golden Hour” nomination submitted by the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, in Dubai, received the highest average score from the judges (9.17 out of 10) in this year’s competition. The Gold Stevie winner for Excellence in Innovation in Government - Organizations with 100 or More Employees, the nomination describes the development of an IT solution that almost halved the “door to needle” treatment time for stroke victims at MOHAP facilities. One judge commented on the nomination, “A perfect example of an IT solution supporting a noble cause: reducing mortality and morbidity due to stroke. Using modern technologies like VR to assist patients is another welcome move.”

Stevie Award winners will be celebrated at a virtual awards ceremony on 2 June. Registration for the ceremony is ongoing.

“We are thrilled to announce the 2021 Grand Stevie Award winners. DP DHL and the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention have proven to be exceptional in the eyes of Stevie Award judges around the globe,” said Maggie Gallagher, President of the Stevie Awards.

Complete information about the virtual awards ceremony is available at https://stevieawards.com/mena/tickets

The virtual ceremony will feature digital versions of all of the things that people love about Stevie Awards events, including networking, acceptance speeches, red carpet photographs, and red-carpet interviews.

If you, as a representative of the press, are interested in participating in the virtual award ceremony of the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards on 2 June at 14 GST., please contact us at help+MENA@stevieawards.com.

The third edition of the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards will open for entries in September 2021.

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Entry Deadline Extension Announced for Middle East & North Africa Stevie® Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Feb 03, 2021 @ 04:38 PM

By popular demand, the Stevie Awards have announced a general entry deadline extension for Middle East & North Africa Stevie ® Awards sponsored by RAK Chamber, UAE. Entries will now be accepted through February 24. Details are available at http://MENA.StevieAwards.com.

The Middle East Stevie & North Africa Awards are the region’s only awards to recognize innovation in all its forms through the workplace. The awards are open to all organizations in 17 nations in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

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All individuals and organizations - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - may submit any number of nominations to any number of the categories.

There are no entry fees in this awards program. Organizations may submit as many nominations as they’d like, without cost. Instead, Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners will pay a “winners fee” for each successful nomination.

Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards in the competition will be announced on March 24, 2021, and celebrated during a gala event in Ras Al Khaimah at the Waldorf Astoria on May 15.

There are two new category groups for 2021. The COVID-19 Response categories will recognize the contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that have worked valiantly over the past months to keep us safe, healthy, employed, and informed. The Achievement categories will recognize singular innovative achievements in areas such as customer satisfaction, growth, international expansion, and more.

Nominations citing innovative achievements will be accepted and judged in both Arabic and English, in more than 100 categories across the following category groups:

 

Winners of the 2020 edition of the awards included Al Dhafra Region Municipality, BEKO, Birevim, Boehringer Ingelheim, Çelebi Aviation Holding, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola Içecek, DHL Express, Dubai Health Authority, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC, RAK Transport Authority, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and many more.

 

The 2021 competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world.

 

Interested in entering the 2021 Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards?

Request the entry kit

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Call for Entries Issued for the Second Annual Middle East & North Africa Stevie® Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Wed, Sep 30, 2020 @ 09:45 AM

The Stevie® Awards, organizer of the world’s premier business awards programs, has issued a call for entries for the 2021 (second annual) Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, sponsored by the RAK Chamber of Commerce & Industry. Entry kits and complete details on the competition are available at http://MENA.StevieAwards.com.

The Middle East Stevie & North Africa Awards are the region’s only awards to recognize innovation in all its forms through the workplace. The awards are open to all organizations in 17 nations in the MENA region: Algeria, Bahrain, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Morocco, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates and Yemen.

MENA 2021 call for entries

All individuals and organizations - public and private, for-profit and non-profit, large and small - may submit any number of nominations to any number of the categories.

There are no entry fees in this awards program. Organizations may submit as many nominations as they’d like, without cost. Instead, those named as Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners can choose to accept their Stevie Award and pay a “winners fee” for each successful nomination.

Nominations may be submitted online through two entry deadlines: November 4, 2020 and January 20, 2021. Winners fees payable will be lower for nominations submitted through the first deadline.

Winners of the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Awards in the competition will be announced on February 18, 2021, and celebrated during a gala event in RAK at the Waldorf Astoria on March 27.

There are two new category groups for 2021. The COVID-19 Response categories recognize the contributions of individuals, groups, and organizations that have worked valiantly over the past months to keep us safe, healthy, employed, and informed. The Achievement categories recognize singular innovative achievements in areas such as customer satisfaction, growth, international expansion, and more.

Nominations citing innovative achievements will be accepted and judged in both Arabic and English, in more than 100 categories across the following category groups:

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Winners of the 2020 edition of the awards included Al Dhafra Region Municipality, BEKO, Birevim, Boehringer Ingelheim, Çelebi Aviation Holding, Cisco Systems, Coca-Cola Içecek, DHL Express, Dubai Health Authority, Federal Competitiveness and Statistics Authority, Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, Mohsin Haider Darwish LLC, RAK Transport Authority, Virgin Mobile, Vodafone and many more.

 

The 2021 competition will be judged by more than 150 professionals around the world.

 

Interested in entering the 2021 Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards?

Request the entry kit

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First Annual Middle East Stevie Awards Winners Honored in Virtual Ceremony

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Sun, Sep 06, 2020 @ 11:23 PM

The Middle East Stevie Awards, sponsored by the Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is an international business awards competition open to all organizations in 17 nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The focus of the awards is recognizing innovation in all its forms.

For the past 18 years the Stevie awards programs have recognized excellence in business worldwide. Each year the eight Stevie awards competitions received more than 12,000 nominations from organizations of all types and sizes in more than 70 nations.

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More than 500 nominations were reviewed in the Middle East Stevie Awards judging process this year by more than 90 professionals worldwide whose average scores determined the winners.

2020 Middle East Stevie Award winners included:

  • Vodafone, Istanbul, Turkey
  • Telemart, Karachi, Sindh, Pakistan
  • Digitallica, Uskudar, Turkey
  • Spiral Click Web Technologies, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Alandalus Property Company, Al Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
  • Geneva Centre for Human Rights Advancement and Global Dialogue, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Virgin Mobile UAE - Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company PJSC, Dubai, United Arab Emirates
  • Cisco Systems India, Bangalore
  • Ooredoo Oman, Muscat, Oman
  • Coca-Cola Içecek, Istanbul, Turkey
  • …and many more

Two Grand (best of show) Stevie Awards were conferred:

  • Boehringer Ingelheim, Istanbul, Turkey, is the winner of the Grand Stevie for Organization of the Year.  The pharmaceutical giant’s six Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze Stevie wins are tops in the 2020 competition.
  • Dubai Health Authority’s nomination “Diagnostic & Prognostic liquid biopsy biomarkers for Asthma,” a Gold Stevie winner for Innovation in Medical/Dental, received the highest overall average score from the judges, of all nominations in the 2020 competition, and thus wins the Grand Stevie Award for Highest-Rated Nomination of the Year.

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On August 25 winners were celebrated at a virtual Stevie Awards ceremony which was broadcast to winners and their guests. During the awards ceremony, the Stevie Awards shared videos about the award-winning organizations followed by acceptance speeches, messages from Stevie Awards judges, sponsors, and special guests.

Nashwa Al-Ruwaini gave the keynote speech to congratulate Stevie Award winners and appreciate their hard work over the past year, and especially over the past few months. Nashwa Al-Ruwaini is an Egyptian producer and media personality. She has been called the "Oprah Winfrey of the Arab World".

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Al-Ruwaini told Stevie winners “Innovation prevails in times of crisis. The world we knew drastically changed overnight with the outbreak of COVID-19. Often in business, you need to come up with new tactics to preserve and maintain your vision. Companies, entrepreneurs, governments, and citizens have proved how capable humans are of innovating during times of crisis.”

It was announced during the ceremony that the 2021 awards will begin accepting nominations September 15, and it will do so with a new name. The new name of the competition will be the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards, to better represent the 17 nations covered in the awards.

“We aimed to honor organizations and individuals across the region. This year we received more than 500 nominations, which is very impressive for our first-year event. We can’t wait to see what 2021 holds for the Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards,” said Stevie Awards President Maggie Gallagher.

Interested in entering the 2021 Middle East & North Africa Stevie Awards?

Request the entry kit

 

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Grand Stevie® Award Winners Announced in the 2020 Middle East Stevie Awards

Posted by Maggie Gallagher on Mon, Jun 22, 2020 @ 09:11 PM
  • Boehringer Ingelheim and Dubai Health Authority take top prizes
  • To be presented for the first time at a virtual award ceremony on 25 August

The Stevie® Awards today announced the Grand Stevie Award winners in the first annual Middle East Stevie Awards.  The winners will be honored during a virtual award ceremony on 25 August. Registration for the virtual award ceremony is now ongoing.

The Middle East Stevie Awards, sponsored by the Ras Al Khaimah Chamber of Commerce & Industry, is an international business awards competition open to all organizations in 17 nations in the Middle East and North Africa. The focus of the awards is recognizing innovation in all its forms.  

This year more than 500 nominations were considered in the judging process by more than 70 professionals, whose average ratings determined the Gold, Silver, and Bronze Stevie Award winners announced earlier this year. For a complete list of the 2020 Stevie Award winners, visit https://stevieawards.com/mena/2020-stevie%C2%AE-award-winners

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In addition to the Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie awards, the top winner overall (total number of points conferred by total Gold, Silver and Bronze Stevie wins) and the highest-scoring nomination win Grand Stevie Award trophies.

A German-based, family-owned company, Boehringer Ingelheim is considered one of the pharmaceutical industry’s top 20 companies. In the inaugural Middle East Stevie Awards, Boehringer Ingelheim will receive the Grand Stevie for Organization of the Year with 23.5 award points, earned for six Gold, two Silver, and one Bronze Stevie Award wins.

"We believe that digital technologies offer exciting new ways to help patients around the world.  Health is what we care about; digital technologies help us to provide it. New tools nourish our passion for innovation and help ideas grow.  We are focused on delivering international best practices, innovative medical trends, while also ramping up our research and development capabilities, to address the diverse needs of patients in the country and region "said Evren Özlü, General Manager & Head of HP, Turkey

Dubai Health Authority’s nomination of diagnostic and prognostic liquid biopsy biomarkers for asthma was awarded the Gold Stevie Award for Innovation in Medical or Dental, and because it received the highest overall average score from the judges, of all nominations submitted in the 2020 competition, will also receive the Grand Stevie Award for Highest-Rated Nomination of the Year.

In the inaugural Middle East Stevie Awards, Dubai Health Authority won four Gold and one Silver Stevies for their Smart Home Care and Smart Health Professional licensing initiatives, as well as their innovative new approaches to early detection, diagnoses and treatments for asthma, sepsis, and childhood developmental disabilities. 

Dr. Younis Kazim, CEO of Dubai Healthcare Corporation from Dubai Health Authority commented, commented on the win by saying: “Dubai Health Authority are pleased to add a distinguished set of new prizes to its collection of prestigious international awards. Recognition with a Grand Stevie Award is the result of the great efforts made by the authority’s team to promote innovation and introduce smart services to facilitate the customer’s journey, and their continuous offering of improvement projects for services provided to individual or institutional clients.

Usually the two Grand Stevie Award winners are announced live at the award ceremony. However, due to the current development of the COVID19 pandemic, the Stevie Awards had to cancel the in-person award ceremony that was to take place on 21 March at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel in Ras Al Khaimah, United Arab Emirates. A virtual Stevie Awards ceremony will instead be offered on 25 August, 2020 in which the winners of the first Middle East Stevie Awards will be honored.

"We were very sad that the award ceremony could not take place in Ras Al Khaimah. It's always a very special moment to present the award winners with their awards," said Maggie Gallagher, president of the Stevie Awards. "That's why we are all the more pleased that we can now offer the winners of the Middle East Stevie Awards 2020 a virtual award ceremony in which our Stevie Award winners may be recognized and celebrated from the safety of their homes and offices.”

The Trophies for all winners will be shipped before the 25 August Ceremony so the winners can have their red-carpet pictures and record their acceptance speech holding their trophies. Orders should be made before 1 July 2020.

Complete information about the virtual awards ceremony is available at https://stevieawards.com/mena/2020-virtual-awards-ceremony-registration.

The virtual awards ceremony will feature digital versions of all of the things that people love about Stevie Awards events, including the networking, acceptance speeches, red carpet photographs, and red carpet interviews.   A series of informative webinars this summer will also be offered to virtual ceremony participants.

If you, as a representative of the press, is interested in participating in the virtual award ceremony of the Middle East Stevie Awards on 25 August at 2 p.m GMT., please contact us at help+MENA@stevieawards.com.

The submission phase of the second edition of the awards will begin in September 2020.

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